Tuesday, August 13

Las Piñas City's Bamboo Organ

It all started in the building of a church made from endemic bamboo.  St. Joseph Parish Church of Las Piñas City houses the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ. Father Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen of Pampanga, him and the locals started building the church in the late 1700s using adobe rocks.  

A sponsored visit with my travel blogger friends made the trip worthwhile.  Gani, our knowledgeable guide took us back in time as he told the tale of the world-famous Bamboo Organ.

The Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc.
P. Diego Cera Avenue, Brgy. Daniel Fajardo, Las Piñas City, Philippines 1744
www.bambooorgan.org


For a bit of history, the person behind this musical legend is Father Diego Cera.  He was the first parish priest in Las Piñas.  From 1816 to 1824, the bamboo organ was constructed and has gone through a lot of changes since then.

1970s was the decade which saw the fruition of restoring the bamboo organ.  It was shipped all the way to Bonn, Germany in 1973 under Johannes Klais Orgelbau.  Two years later, the bamboo organ found its way home.  



St. Joseph Parish Church 
Adjacent to the church is the Antillan House, a former convent.  It houses the museum, adoration chapel and souvenir shop.  It also serves as the entance to the church loft where the bamboo organ is located.

Adjacent to the church is the 99-year old St.Joseph Academy



Museum Interiors 



Old memorabilia: old cassette tapes to photo books

You can try playing this one.

The original keyboard
For this to be a Unesco World Heritage site (if I'm not mistaken),
the original keyboard should be re-installed and should be continuously used

During the tour



Me trying out this instrument.
The bamboo organ museum has lots of gems worth of preservation.
Archaic things like these stuff should be cased behind glasses
for generations to come. However, their main problem is funding.
Donations? You may contact the museum how you can help.

Inside the church
The bloggers! Well almost all. :-)
Standing, L-R: Jun, Rem, Claire, Kenneth, Sir Gani, Gelai, Nil
Sitting, L-R: Javee, Dharzie and me
A painting by Mr. Jimenez, a local artist
It depicts Las Pinas City's gems


The preservation of the bamboo organ can be best appreciated by joining the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival celebrated every third week of February.  Quoting its official website:  'The Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock non-profit organization founded to preserve and maintain the historic Bamboo Organ. It also engages in the spiritual, educational and social enrichment of the people of Las Piñas.  The Foundation organizes the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival  held at the Las Piñas Church which has its mark in the international music scene with many foreign artist and musicians participating in this annual event.'

Every place has its piece of history to be proud of.  One in which a local can elicit a feeling of national pride and patriotism.  This church and the bamboo organ itself is Las Piñas City's historical soul.  I hope its people will quickly realize how blessed they are.




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20 comments:

  1. nice ayos ang ganda, madami rin pala kayo :)

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    1. Yes Mina, 9 in total. Mas marami sana kung wala mga lakad yung iba! :-)

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    2. ang lapit ko lang dyan pero ni minsan ndi ako nakapasok dyan.. hayyyyyyyyy...

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    3. Ganun talaga, pero me I made it a habit na bisitahin yung mga attractions dito samen. Ika nga nila, wag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan... :-)

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  2. Thanks very much! Been to Palawan and Visayas, but not yet to this place. :p

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    1. Thanks Jhers! Abrbrbrbr! Pwede naman po tayong bumalik dyan! ;-)

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  4. Hindi pa ako nakakarating dini. Ang huling balita ko pa dito when I was in grade 3 pa sa lalawigan ng kabisayan..now that I'm close ni hindi ko man lang nagawang bisitahin to.. :(

    I'm gonna put this on my bucket list next year!!!

    Thanks Pao for reminding this.

    [www.iambuchok.com]

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    1. Go Arnie, some travelers ignore those places nearest to them. Visit this place it's such a wonder! :-)

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  5. Gusto ko din to puntahan. Di nag-aya? Hehehe!

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  6. ayos! buti ka pa na-blog mo na, dami ko pa pending... hehe! It was nice meeting you... san na next gala? hehe

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    1. Hello Gelai, thanks! Next gala? Sa Kl-India-Pattaya next. :-)

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  7. Is this the bamboo organ that's been always featured in the TV and books? I'd love to visit this place too.. :)

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  8. The bamboo organ is open to public daily?

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    1. Yes Neil! :-) Even holidays according to Gani when we visited the museum!

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